Too often guests on a Walt Disney World vacation leave the property to find an inexpensive meal. They assume that there are no filling bargains within the theme parks or at Disney Springs. While the restaurants on Disney property will cost you more than if you left the park and went to Burger King, you will make up for it with the amount of time that you will save. You will also have the extra bonus of being able to soak up the atmosphere because all of the Disney restaurants are different.
If a meal listed here does not interest you do not let that stop you from trying that particular restaurant. Most of the places here have more than one option under $12. I have tried to give a variety so that you will not end up eating the same type of food each day of your vacation.
This list contains restaurants only in the four theme parks and Disney Springs. While there are also inexpensive meals at some of the resort hotels, the idea of this list is to save time as well as money. I have also excluded breakfast, the meals here are for lunch or dinner. Drinks, sides and desserts are not included. All of the restaurants here are counter service and none of them require reservations. Any prices included are subject to change.
8. Asian Salad, ABC Commissary
$7.69, Commissary Lane, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
One thing that is nice about ABC Commissary is that there is plenty of indoor seating. There are also several affordable meal options. One of the more popular choices is the Asian Salad. It is tossed when ordered and served meatless. (If you’re a vegetarian, ask about ingredients when ordering, just to be on the safe side.) Chicken or salmon can be added and even with those additions it stays under $12. The salad is simple; lettuce, red cabbage, carrots and chow mein noodles are tossed with an Asian dressing. It is delicious and filling. You can also order a Chicken Club with french fries, or even a New York Strip Steak for under $12.
7. Flatbreads at Pinocchio’s Village Haus
$9.49 or $10.49, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
An inexpensive meal option at Magic Kingdom comes from the quick service Pinnochio’s Village Haus. They have some nice flatbreads, particular the Caprese option for under $12. There is a lot of seating, and you can find some nice quiet spots or spots with a great view. Other options under $12 are the Caesar Salad with Chicken or the Chicken Parmesan Sandwich.
6. Fish and Chips, Yorkshire County Fish Shop
$10.49, United Kingdom Pavilion, Epcot
There’s not much of a dining selection here, but you will get exactly what they say they are going to give to you. You will receive two strips of fried fish with chips on the side. Remember that “chips” are not American potato chips, they are similar to french fries but are much more delicious. If you want a traditional British meal for an affordable price while on your Disney vacation, this is the place to get it.
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5. Beef Nachos, Pecos Bill’s
$11.99, Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
After undergoing a menu change, Pecos Bill’s Tall Tale Inn & Café in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland has some nice offerings for under $12. You can also select a Southwest Salad with your choice of chicken or beef for under $13. This is a great mix of flavors with Mixed Greens, Chicken, Monterey Jack Cheese, Tomato, Roasted Corn, Jalapenos, and Chipotle Ranch.
4. Pork Sandwich at Flame Tree Barbeque
$10.99, Discovery Island, Disney’s Animal Kingdom
This is a very popular restaurant for its food and its location. The barbecue is some of the best that you will find at any Walt Disney World Restaurant. With this particular sandwich smoked pulled pork is served on a fresh bun. It comes with a side of cole slaw. The Roasted Chicken Salad and the Turkey Breast Sandwich are also under $12, as is the Fruit Plate.
3. Chicken & Beef Teriyaki, Katsura Grill
$12.00, Japan Pavilion, Epcot
Katsura Grill has several other dishes under $12, including Shrimp Tempura Udon or Spicy Miso Seafood Ramen. There are also some Sushi choices for under $12 as well.
2. Chili-Cheese Dog at Casey’s Corner
$10.29, Main Street, U.S.A., Magic Kingdom
There is something special about this popular restaurant. Plan to eat at slightly off hours because it does get crowded. The Chili-Cheese Dog is simple; a hot dog in a bun is topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese. You can pick either french fries or apple slices as a side. Other themed hot dogs are also under $12. Check the show times guide to see when the pianist will be playing to add something extra to your meal.
1. The All American at Earl of Sandwich
$6.99, Disney Springs
One of the best meal values at Walt Disney World can be found at Earl of Sandwich. The All American is a classic sandwich; roast turkey, sharp cheddar cheese, dried cranberries, lettuce, and roma tomatoes are topped with buttermilk ranch dressing. Earl of Sandwich offers over a dozen different toasted sandwiches, all for $6.99 each. They also sell wraps and salads for the same price. You need to watch the extras, those will quickly drive up the cost of your meal. The restaurant is popular with the local crowd as well as visitors, so it will most likely be packed, especially on the weekends. For a free sandwich near your birthday sign up for Club Sandwich at www.earlofsandwichusa.com.